General practice pharmacist scheme evaluation indicates ‘improved capacity’ as the main benefit

General practice pharmacist scheme evaluation indicates ‘improved capacity’ as the main benefit

July 31 2018 General practices employing pharmacists are citing improved capacity to see patients...

Asthma deaths levels increase by a quarter in a decade

Asthma deaths levels increase by a quarter in a decade

July 26 2018 There were 1,320 deaths due to asthma in England and Wales in 2017, the highest...

NPA and Age UK ask for help on building polypharmacy dossier

NPA and Age UK ask for help on building polypharmacy dossier

July 25 2018 The National Pharmacy Association is asking its members for case studies on...

Pharmacy bodies welcome Health Secretary’s pledge to invest in community pharmacy

Pharmacy bodies welcome Health Secretary’s pledge to invest in community pharmacy

July 24 2018 New Health Secretary Matt Hancock has called for investment in primary care and...

NHS Digital seeks views on SCR with Additional Information

NHS Digital seeks views on SCR with Additional Information

July 24 2018 A survey to assess the benefits and/or disadvantages of health professionals...

  • General practice pharmacist scheme evaluation indicates ‘improved capacity’ as the main benefit

    General practice pharmacist scheme evaluation indicates ‘improved capacity’ as the main benefit

    Tuesday, 31 July 2018 15:31
  • Asthma deaths levels increase by a quarter in a decade

    Asthma deaths levels increase by a quarter in a decade

    Thursday, 26 July 2018 15:08
  • NPA and Age UK ask for help on building polypharmacy dossier

    NPA and Age UK ask for help on building polypharmacy dossier

    Wednesday, 25 July 2018 13:46
  • Pharmacy bodies welcome Health Secretary’s pledge to invest in community pharmacy

    Pharmacy bodies welcome Health Secretary’s pledge to invest in community pharmacy

    Tuesday, 24 July 2018 12:53
  • NHS Digital seeks views on SCR with Additional Information

    NHS Digital seeks views on SCR with Additional Information

    Tuesday, 24 July 2018 12:41

Umesh Modi is a chartered accountant, and Pamini Jatheeskumar is a chartered certified accountant at Silver Levene...
  Don Lavoie is alcohol programme manager at Public Health England and Gul Root is lead...
Don Lavoie is alcohol programme manager at Public Health England and Gul Root is lead pharmacist, Health and Wellbeing Directorate, Public Health England
More inWhite Papers  

NHS England logoJuly 15 2015

Training details for the pilot programme for 250 clinical pharmacists to work in general practice have been unveiled.

Following last week’s announcement with NHS England committing £15 million to “fund, recruit and employ” clinical pharmacists in GP surgeries, the Centre for Postgraduate Pharmacy Education says training will involve “both online and face-to-face with residential courses, study days, small group learning sets and self-directed study as factors in the pathway provision,”

CPPE will work with Health Education England to provide the required training. “Each intake of 30 trainees will start their pathway with a four day residential boot camp, with sessions on leadership, medicines optimisation in practice, consultation skills and medical examination techniques,” says CPPE.

Professor Chris Cutts, Director of CPPE, said that this was a “significant moment in the training and development of the next generation of clinical pharmacists in general practice.” CPPE has already begun to deliver an e-course introducing the fundamentals of working in a GP surgery.

The course, ‘General practice – the fundamentals of working with GPs’, is structured over 13 weeks and includes an introduction to general practice and the wider NHS context, and covers medicines optimisation, medication review, prescribing and repeat prescribing, using prescribing data, working with the multidisciplinary team, and patient-centred professionalism.

Learning objectives include:

  • understand NHS structure and the commissioning landscape in general practice
  • define your local practice patient population and the roles and responsibilities of the practice team
  • identify the features of good-quality prescribing, repeat prescribing and repeat dispensing
  • use prescribing data to identify priorities to improve prescribing and patient care
  • access clinical IT systems to document activities and run searches
  • measure prescribing practice using audits
  • promote medicines optimisation to improve patient outcomes relating to medicines and to reduce waste
  • identify trusted sources of evidence-based information and communicate effectively with the multidisciplinary team
  • identify patients for medication review and support the multidisciplinary team to improve medication reviews
  • develop relationships with the wider multidisciplinary team and promote networking
  • demonstrate patient-centred professionalism.

“This programme has been developed for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians working in GP surgeries, clinical commissioning groups and other primary care organisations. We also think that this programme is an excellent introduction to working in a GP surgery for community or hospital pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who are looking to move sector,” says CPPE.

The next e-course is scheduled to begin in autumn 2015.

Links:

CPPE announcement    

CPPE ‘General Practice’ training      

Today’s Pharmacist coverage of pilot announcement    

Practice News

July 31 2018 General practices employing pharmacists are citing improved capacity to see patients and workload changes as the main benefits of the scheme.
July 25 2018 Switching to sulfonylureas in type 2 diabetes has been linked with an increased risk of complications compared with staying on metformin, a BMJ study has concluded. However, the study has...